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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Pack a static line main square parachute 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115466  Pack a static line main square parachute 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Special Combat Capabilities 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner is capable of packing a static line square main parachute under supervision of a parachute rigger with the applicable qualification. After packing the learner must be able to complete the packing administration.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify the components and equipment required to pack a static line square main parachute.
  • Inspect the static line square main parachute prior to packing.
  • Pack a static line square main parachute.
  • Observe all relevant safety aspects when packing a static line square main parachute.
  • Administer the packing process.

    This unit standard together with the unit standards "Prepare for and conduct descends with a round parachute using a static line as means of opening the parachute" and ""Prepare for and conduct static line square parachute descents" prepares learners the unit standard "Conduct air operations" for the purpose of maintaining security and peace in the RSA.

    The achievement of this unit standard will contribute to the personal development of members in the special operations environment and further mobility and transportability within the adventure sports industry. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The ability to communicate effectively in spoken English will be an advantage as this is the medium used to convey commands during the execution of static line square parachuting. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the components and equipment required to pack a static line square main parachute. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Dual assembly static line parachute system.
  • Pack Matt.
  • Pull up cord.
  • Log Book.
  • Closure loop.
  • Double bag closing hook.
  • Static line.
  • Day or night with light. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The equipment required to pack a static line square main parachute is identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The preparation of the required equipment to pack a static line square main parachute is demonstrated according to the specific parachutes packing manual. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Inspect the static line square main parachute prior to packing. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    During day or night (with suitable lighting). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The assessment of the serviceability of the various components of the dual assembly static line parachute system is demonstrated according to the manufacture's guidelines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The set sequence being followed to determine the nature of faults on the system and the solving of these rigging problems related to packing is demonstrated as determined in the manufacturers packing manual. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The implications of the problems on the opening of the parachute, if not properly packed are discussed and demonstrated in a simulation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The possible faults that can occur prior to packing, as determined by the manufacture's packing manual, are analysed and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Actions upon fault identification, according to work place procedures, are analysed and demonstrated by means of simulation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Pack a static line square main parachute. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Packing matt.
  • Dry lawn.
  • During day or night with suitable lighting.
  • Flat-pack packing method. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The conditions under which packing can take place as determined by the manufacture's manual are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The packing of the parachute according to the manufacturers packing manual is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The possible faults and implications that can occur during the packing of the static line main parachute as stipulated in the organisational specific workplace procedures are discussed and demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Observe all relevant safety when packing a static line square main parachute. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Safety hazards.
  • Exposure to the elements.
  • Concrete.
  • Lubricants.
  • Open flames.
  • Chemicals.
  • Adverse wind conditions.
  • Day or night with suitable light conditions. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The influence of safety hazards on the dual assembly static line parachute system is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Application of safety procedures during the packing of the static line square main parachute as determined by the workplace procedures is demonstrated. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Administer the packing process. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
  • Day or night with suitable light.
  • Main parachute logbook. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of, and importance of completing the logbook is described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The ability to enter essential data in the logbook as determined through organisational specific workplace procedures is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The conditions for the storage of parachutes as stipulated in the organisational specific workplace procedures are explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or will assess this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any relevant assessment agency, assessor or provider institution, which is accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • The assessor must have completed one of the following qualifications:
    - Static line square parachute checker.
    - Parachute rigger.
    - Free fall dispatcher. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners are able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of:
  • Equipment required for the packing of a static line square main parachute.
  • The importance of safety during the packing of parachutes.
  • Faults that can occur during the packing of a parachute.
  • The importance of completing the packing administration. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking has been made. Learners are capable of identifying and solving various faults that can occur during the packing of static line square parachute's. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. The packer and the checker must work effectively together as a team to ensure the safe and correct packing of the static line square main parachute. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. The learner will be responsible for all the actions prior to the packing of the parachute as well as the completion of the administration after the parachute has been packed. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. Learners are capable of collecting, analysing and critically evaluating possible faults, which can affect the serviceability of the static line, square main parachute. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills in modes of oral and written persuasion. Communicate by means of written and oral commands while completing the logbook and reporting possible faults on the parachute. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others. Learners credited with this unit standard are able to apply science and technology to ensure the safe completion of packing a parachute. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep in mind the following general guidelines and principles when designing and conducting assessments:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the specific outcomes of the unit standard and ensure that the assessment is integrated rather than fragmented.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Assessment must include practical demonstration either in the workplace or through simulation. A range of assessment methods should be used, including:
    - Direct observation - watch the packer carry out the tasks or produce the desired outcome.
    - Simulation of a specific task - set a specific task for the packer to demonstrate in a simulated environment (e.g. demonstrating the packing of a parachute).
    - Questioning (verbal or written) - ask the relevant questions linked to the unit standard.
    - Testimony - collect a portfolio of evidence from suitable people (e.g. parachute checker, rigger or free fall instructor). 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information

    Definitions
  • DZ: The landing area where the parachutists will land.
  • Post landing: The drills and procedures performed by the parachutist once he has landed on the DZ. This includes recovering his parachute and leaving the DZ.
  • Dual assembly static line parachuting system: A harness assembly consisting of a main and reserve parachute.
  • Phases of a parachute descent: A parachute descent consists of three phases, exit, flight and landing.


    Credits
  • Classroom learning: 3 hours
  • On-the-job learning: 10 hours
  • Self directed learning: 3 hours
  • Coaching required: 4 hours

    Total: 20 hours 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48879   National Diploma: South African Special Forces Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2010-04-07  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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